DAP Health reaches out to trans patients and Latino men
DAP Health Insights – Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, from David Brinkman, CEO
‘It’s a very important element of creating safe spaces’: Velasco talks about pronouns
Pronouns affirm an individual's humanity and help reduce stigma and obstacles to health care. In short, they matter. They create a safe space for DAP Health’s patients, says Anthony Velasco, Senior Nurse Practitioner Specialist at DAP Health.
A significant number of transgender and gender diverse adults avoided accessing health care services because of the stigma related to discrimination. When somebody does not acknowledge their gender identity, that could be perceived as a form of discrimination.
By doing simple, concrete things like making sure we have ways to identify people's pronouns and their chosen names, DAP Health can prevent barriers to care, says Velasco. The health care clinic works to create safe spaces for transgender people across the organization.
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‘They're not just going to walk into our doors’: Tobe discusses how DAP Health is working with Latino men
Across the nation, HIV cases have increased in Latino men. In the Coachella Valley, DAP Health also has seen the number of HIV cases in Latino men under the age of 40 increase, according to C.J. Tobe, Director of Community Health and Sexual Wellness Services at DAP Health.
DAP Health has found that while Latino men under the age of 40 may get diagnosed with HIV in a mobile clinic at a health fair in Indio, for example, they would have gone years without an HIV test, or even knowing they were living with HIV, if DAP Health had not brought services to them in the east valley, Tobe says.
Tobe says DAP Health is doing many things to reach this population.
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